Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Birth Story

Last Wednesday evening, I planned to take my 40th week maternity photos. There were chances that those photos would be the final first maternity photos that my husband would snap for me. Who knew that right after I finished blogging about my 40th week pregnancy update, I had a bloody show?

Wednesday, 19th September 2012

3pm: I woke up from my afternoon nap with contractions. I tried to ignore the pains because I thought they were just Braxton Hicks contractions.

4pm: I noticed bloody show on my panty liner but I was not sure it was really that 'bloody show'.

5pm: I told my husband about the potential bloody show and he said that he would send me to the hospital soon after he finished dealing with the furniture delivery guys from IKEA. I was not panic at all. I still managed to update my blog, call my Mom, have a shower and wash my hair too. I knew that labour was imminent but I still had time.

6pm: My husband came home and had shower.

6.30pm: My husband and I left our house, not forgetting to carry my hospital bag.

7pm: My husband and I had dinner in an Indian restaurant near the hospital. I ate fried rice and drank Teh Tarik. The contractions I felt were shorter in interval. Now, I could not wait to reach the hospital.

7.30pm: The husband and I arrived at the hospital. We headed to the labour room immediately. We were so fortunate that my Gynae happened to be there too when I was admitted. I was asked to change to hospital gown and my labour room was the labour room no.1. The nurses attached me to the CTG machine. I was still 2cm dilated.

Me attached to the CTG machine. 
I still could throw my husband a smile at this stage.

9pm: I was about 4cm dilated. The contractions I felt were more intense and closer together. They were about 7 minutes apart. I was in so much pain and kept on squeezing my husband's hand and pulling his shirt when waves of labour contractions hit me. The nurses offered me some pain relievers like epidural, injection in the buttock and Entonox to relieve the pains. I chose Entonox because I was still determined to do the labour naturally. I opted out the injection in the buttock because the injection would only make me drowsy while the contractions pain level would not be reduced.

This is how I held onto my husband's hand every time the contractions hit me.

10pm: By far, whenever there was no contraction I always thought I could make it to the end. However, when the contractions came again, I just wanted to die.

11pm: My Gynae paid me a visit in the labour room. She noticed that I had about 3 contractions in 10 minutes. I was restless and could not feel any more break in between the contractions. I was about 5cm dilated and my contractions pains were not only in my stomach area but also went through my back. I was exhausted. I stopped thinking the potential of another pain should the dreadful epidural tube be injected to my spine. Finally, I begged and screamed for epidural to my Gynae when the contractions came over and over again. My Gynae said OK and broke my water to make sure that it's clear. Right after she did that, I felt gush of warm water running in between my legs. She said, my water's colour was clear so it was fine for me to proceed with epidural.

Thursday, 20th September 2012

12am: My left hand was hooked to IV drip. The anesthetist finally came and injected me with the epidural. I knew that epidural would have side effects such as itchiness or nausea feeling but I didn't expect massive continuous shivers right after this pain reliever kicked in. So, my grand plan to sleep after taking epidural was all gone as I literally shivered for the next five hours or so. My baby's heart beat dropped soon after I was injected with the epidural so I was asked to breathe from an oxygen mask too. 15 minutes after I was injected with the epidural, I could not feel any of contraction pains even though the contraction level occasionally hit 100%.

3am: I felt something in my bottom. Almost like a poop coming out from my anus. Turned out it was the baby's head. I was 9cm dilated. At this point of time, I could not feel my lower body and contraction pains at all.

4am: My Gynae came to check me again. She said I was ready for labour. I was fully dilated and she asked me to start pushing although I could not feel my legs any more. My Gynae was helped by two other nurses and the three of them kept on asking me to push in rhythm whenever the CTG machine showed that I had contractions.

4.24am: My baby girl was delivered, with the help of vacuum extractor because I had no mighty energy left to push the baby out. Sadly, I could not escape from episiotomy.

4.25am: I held my baby for the first time. She was so small, red and slimy. She started crying when she reached my chest. Post-delivery, I was still shivering like mad, felt nauseated and ran a mild fever. Not long, I vomited all my dinner!

4.50am: My baby was cleaned, but not bathed. I held her for the second time before she was taken to the nursery and I was sent to the recovery room.

Shivering and super tired but so relieved to finally hold my baby in my arms.

In all honesty, I don't know how I would go through all these ordeals without my husband who practically didn't sleep and gave me non-stop supports during my 13.5 hours of labour. His encouragements during the whole process were simply irreplaceable.

Nevertheless, everything was worth the pains as my husband and I are now the proud parents of this beautiful little girl. We named her Naomi, which means beautiful, pleasant and delightful.

My baby girl in the hospital's nursery.

By the way, I could only start feeling my lower body and legs back sometime in late morning that day. After the epidural effect was completely faded off, the pains from episiotomy crawled in. They were no fun.

My barely 1-day old baby and me, in my hospital room.

Now that I have a new-born on my hand, I must say that as much as I'd love to update my blog regularly like before, I just can't! It's difficult for me to find the time to write a post for my blog in between feeding the baby, cleaning the baby, pumping breast milk, resting and eating.

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations to you and your husband and new beautiful baby girl! What a lovely name! And the picture where she is looking so intently into your eyes is amazing! She knows exactly who you are. I am happy you are all doing well and the delivery was healthy and successful. Enjoy your new baby and get all the rest you can. I send you warm wishes of happiness from across the world.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I am trying my best to catch up with my sleep :D

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  2. Congratulations!!!!! I'm glad that the birth went well, major kudos on the laid back birthing plan! You look amazing even after a long labour and your little girl is precious =]

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  3. Congrats!!!! She is so precious, you looked really good considering how tied you were!

    Kasia(Chicago)

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  4. Congratulations! Naomi is so beautiful and you look radiant! I'm looking forward to future posts - the best is yet to come!

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  5. Congratz Tinnn <3
    Excited and happy when I finish read ur blog. HAHA~~ I was touched. Enjoy ur parenthood with little princess naomi :D

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    1. Haha, thank you Beth... Touched kenapa? Lu cepetan merit en bikin satu biar tau rasanya.. hahaha...

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